Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

princess-of-glassjpgCindy: I have a college-age reading buddy who recently said to me, “I just wish I could find a job that would pay me to do nothing but read fairy tale revisions all day.” I’m with Audrey. Maybe we could both find a fairy godmother who would grant that wish. This comment was prompted by her finding a galley of Princess of Glass (Bloomsbury, 2010) in my towering to-be-read stacks of books in my living room. I reluctantly let her borrow the book, but was happy when I found my own glass slipper on my doorstep the next day…a hardcover copy.

Princess of Glass is a Cinderella story, and being a Cindy, I’ve always been partial to those. It was Gail Carson Levine’s version, Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997 ), that first made sense of some of the oddities in this motif…why the glass slipper only fits one girl’s foot, for instance. George creates an equally inventive version that solves that mystery in a new and painful way, and she does something else unique, she spins the story from another perspective, rather than Cinderella’s. Add to that a fairy godmother with ulterior motives and readers will be ready to sink into a fun afternoon of fairy tale adaptation…even without an accompanying paycheck, it’s a profitable endeavor.

Lynn: I feel the same way as our young friend. In fact on my recent trip to Italy, the stack of books I hauled along had only 2 YA arcs and one of them was Princess of Glass. I ended up wishing I’d brought more YA but that is another story. I have become a devoted fan of Jessica Day George’s smart funny fairy tale twists and I was really excited to see this sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball. This one features the youngest sister, Poppy, who now has an understandable aversion to dancing. The princesses are all visiting neighboring countries to help their father mend political alliances and Princess Poppy is visiting the land of Breton. George takes the elements of the of a traditional Cinderella, like glass slippers, a fairy godmother, a poor serving girl and a handsome prince, shakes them up and serves up a story as entertaining as it is imaginative. I’m hoping for more stories about these sisters and that George turns her hand to lots more tales!  I’ve always loved the Princess on the Glass Hill and The Golden Bird and Snow White and Rose Red or… well, I bet I’ll love anything she gives us.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Audrey Frein says:

    There is nothing better in a fairy tale than magic, intrigue, a little flirtation, a dastardly smart evil villain and a strong leading woman. Poppy makes a wonderful heroine by defying evil faerie, meets her Prince Charming, saves her Prince Charming, saves him again, knits a bit, then conquers her own nightmares that have followed her from her past midnight dancing days. WAY TO GO JESSICA DAY GEORGE!! Masterful Success!!

    Thank you Cindy for letting me dig in “the stacks” and for building my favorite library in your living room.

    🙂 Someday I will read fairy tales for a living or just be a really poor bookworm, fairy tale hoarder.

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